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Jan 27, 2009 04:10 PM

Stinky Cheese Phx...

I had a huge craving today for a little cheese snack. Headed down to Chevront's.

First of was a little sampling of Humbolt Fog.... Where have you been all my life? it has a very unique like soft cheese layer mixed in with a semi-hard cake looking mix. It was great. Earthy tangy taste. I found a new fridge must have.

The second choice was a total surprise. I asked the server to bring me his choice. the only 2 requirments where "soft and stinky" lol.

Green Hill by Sweet grass diary. I don't even know where to begin. velvety smooth salty, eathy twang. Had a nice little bite that hits on the back of your mouth... very good stuff. Another staple!

I'm up for more suggestions!

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  1. Are you looking for recommendations for unusually tasty cheeses or recommendations or for places that serve unusually tasty cheeses?

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    1. re: hohokam

      All of the above. i know that the cheese scene is pretty lacking in phx. So yea if you have some suggestions on what to get and where to get it I would be grateful.

      1. re: phxfoodlvr

        We've had some nice afternoons at Duck & Decanter. Firstly, it's completely informal... you can have friends join and they need not eat. Second, you can buy some wines from the shop and enjoy them on the patio... no corkage and for only about $10 a person, you can try a bunch of wines (and grab some to go if you like them). Finally, they have a variety of cheeses in the grocer/deli section and there's often a basket of "scraps" - the odd shaped castaways from the deli and the "leftovers" from purchases where someone buys a pound of cheese from a block that's 1.2 lbs. About a nibble's-worth, but a good way to try a bunch of different types - along with some wines.

    2. glad you liked them!! love their fromagier and cheese selection, too. :)

      another good spot for cheese is fine's cellar in scottsdale.

      1. Ground Control, way out west, served a cheese that was so stinky I was the only one at the table who didn't give up on it. It was lovely and mellow after my palate adjusted. Can't remember the variety.

        1. I'm a fan of the cheeses at Cheuvront also. The first time we went, we ordered a cheese plate at the end of dinner and enjoyed it so much, we ordered another to try a few more. I've had excellent cheeses from Cowboy Ciao, including a new favorite cheese (though not stinky) called Barely Buzzed, from Beehive Cheese in Utah, with a lavender and coffee washed rind.

          One of my favorite cheese lists is at Quiessence - a great variety of domestic artisanal cheeses (link below of a sample cheese menu):

          Cowboy Ciao
          7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

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          1. re: Rubee

            I know Cheuvront has my favorite cheese on the menu, Brillat Savarin. Sounds like it'd be right up your alley. I want to go to Cheuvront just to get this (and to try their other cheeses of course). At times Whole Foods gets it in but it's not always in stock.

          2. Humbolt Fog is a usual staple at Whole Foods. The Truffle Tremor (also from Cypress Hill) is one of my new faves.

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            1. re: BillB656

              Another good one from Cypress Grove is their Purple Haze (young chevre coated with fennel pollen and lavender). Whole Foods carries it, but not with the same regularity that they carry the Humboldt Fog.

              We stopped in a Fresh & Easy on Greenway @ 35th Ave the other day and saw 2 or 3 Cypress Grove cheeses there (Humboldt Fog, Purple Haze, and, I think, Midnight Moon).

              1. re: hohokam

                I picked up some Humboldt Fog 25% off at F&E and yesterday grabbed some Purple Haze for the same markdown. Hope this means they aren't discontinuing(they were actually marking down several of the Cypress Grove cheese yesterday).

                1. re: ziggylu

                  It may have been that they had a shipment that was getting close to the pull date. The Humboldt Fog I saw was looking pretty ripe.

                2. re: hohokam

                  I'm really not a big fan of Purple Haze. Something about the goat and lavender that is just too floral for me. I love fennel with goat though.
                  Ohh, good point about the F&E. They do have some good prices although a fairly limited and spotty selection.

                  1. re: BillB656

                    Purple Haze is really florally. I don't like it on its own but add a bit of honey to it and I really love it.